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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents. Chrysler refused to recall the Jeeps when the NHTSA first asked. Chrysler has now had a change of heart and has agreed to recall 2.7 million SUVs.

The fire issue with certain Jeep models has been linked to 51 deaths from post-crash fires. I can only imagine the liability that Chrysler will be open to if a defect in the vehicle's design is linked specifically to those 51 deaths. Chrysler has announced a voluntary campaign to repair certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles with fuel tanks that are mounted behind the rear axles.

On June 4, Chrysler refused to institute the recall when originally requested by the NHTSA. At the time, Chrysler said that the vehicles did not pose a safety risk. However, the NHTSA has the legal authority to force a recall and apparently, Chrysler realized that one way or the other it would be forced to recall the vehicles. Chrysler still maintains its vehicles are safe and well designed. “Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles,” the company said.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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